Customs consults on proposed changes to trusted traveller programs

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is seeking feedback on proposed changes to the regulations governing its trusted traveller programs such as NEXUS and Free and Secure Trade (FAST).

From July 19, 2016, to August 19, 2016, members the programs, future applicants, the general public, other government departments and stakeholders can provide their feedback on proposed amendments to the Presentation of Persons (2003) Regulations under the Customs Act which would:

• Provide specific eligibility criteria to replace the “good character” provision found in the Regulations to provide a stronger legal basis to reject an applicant or cancel an existing membership.

• Clarify the three-year residency requirement for Canadian/U.S. permanent residents.

• Specify what goods are allowed or prohibited for members using Trusted Traveller Programs services.

• Outline circumstances that could lead to suspension, warnings and/or cancellation of their authorization.

For further details see the Notice to Stakeholders

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